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  2. JD Sports profits climb 15%
  3. Provident hits back at NSF
  4. Galliford Try warns on profits
  5. Lufthansa posts £290m quarterly loss
  6. Card Factory profits shrink

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By Mary-Ann Russon

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

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    That's it for today on Business Live - thanks for reading. We'll be back bright and early at 06:00 on Wednesday.

    Do join us then for all the latest breaking news and analysis.

  2. Why jobs are dominating the Indian election

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    Video caption: As unemployment climbs in India, job creation is top of the agenda this election season.

    As unemployment climbs in India, job creation is top of the agenda this election season.

    By some estimates the country needs to create eight to ten million jobs each year to tackle the problem. But is the goal achievable?

  3. Wall Street ends slightly higher

    Wall Street traders

    Wall Street stocks have ended slightly higher, as medical stocks reversed earlier gains and investors treaded water while awaiting more earnings results after the bell.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 67.89 points, or 0.26%, to 26,452.66, the S&P 500 gained 1.48 points, or 0.05%, to 2,907.06 and the Nasdaq Composite added 24.21 points, or 0.3%, to 8,000.23.

  4. BreakingNetflix forecasts fall in subscribers

    Netflix has forecast a surprise fall in global paid subscriber sign-ups for the second quarter compared with a year earlier after reporting better-than-expected subscriber additions in the first quarter, sending its shares down 4% in after-hours trading.

    The company now expects to add 5 million subscribers globally in the current quarter compared with 5.45 million that it had added a year earlier.

  5. North Sea gas leak being investigated by HSE

    The Alba field is off Aberdeen

    A gas leak from a North Sea platform is being investigated.

    Chevron said the release on the Alba Northern happened on 3 February. There were no injuries or evacuations.

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed an 80kg gas release was reported, and the incident was being investigated.

    The platform is 130 miles (210km) north east of Aberdeen.

  6. Fly-tipping prosecutions fall by two-thirds in Scotland

    Fly-tipping in Scotland

    The number of prosecutions for fly-tipping in Scotland has fallen by two-thirds over the last three years, according to official figures.

    Responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the Scottish government reported six successful prosecutions in 2017-18, compared with 18 in 2014-15.

    Campaign group Zero Waste Scotland described the fall as "disappointing".

    Council umbrella body Cosla said prosecution was just one of a range of sanctions that could be imposed.

  7. Warner Bros invests in former Weinstein film properties

    Warner Bros logo

    Warner Brothers and cinema chain Cineworld are investing in Spyglass Media Group, a new venture being set up by Lantern, the new owner of Harvey Weinstein's film and TV properties.

    The new entertainment company will distribute existing films and TV shows, such as the Project Runway series, as well as making new films and TV series that were put on hold when Weinstein Co went bankrupt in 2018 following sexual assault claims against Mr Weinstein.

    Although it is not known how big a stake Warner Bros will have in the venture, the studio will be given a "first look" at new projects, according to Bloomberg.

  8. Apple and Qualcomm settle

    Apple phones

    Well that was quick.

    Apple and Qualcomm have just settled their royalty dispute, reaching an agreement on global patent license and chipset supply.

    The settlement includes a payment from Apple to Qualcomm.

    It's the culmination of a long-running battle between the two over the cost of the processors that phones use to connect to mobile networks.

    Apple claimed Qualcomm was charging too much and that its control of the technology stifles innovation.

    Qualcomm disagreed, saying that because it invented the chips it should be rewarded appropriately.

    Shares of Qualcomm jumped 16% in late afternoon trading, while Apple share were up marginally.

  9. Tik Tok taken off Google Play in India

    Tik Tok app

    Google has taken the controversial Chinese short video app Tik Tok off the Google Play app store in India.

    India's federal government sent a letter to Apple and Google asking them to ban the Tik Tok app, saying that it encouraged pornography and made child users vulnerable to sexual predators.

    The app had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, according to the latest data from app analytics firm Sensor Tower.

    The app, which allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, is used by people to share jokes and video clips relating to the Bollywood movie industry, as well as videos of children and teenagers lip-syncing and dancing to pop music.

    Tik Tok was fined by the US Federal Trade Commission in February over children's data privacy, and ordered to pay $5.7m and implement new measures to handle users who say they are under 13.

  10. Boeing shares jump on FAA draft report

    Boeing 737 Max

    Shares in Boeing have jumped following the release of a draft report from the US Federal Aviation Administration, and are currently up 1.9% to $382.48 at a session high.

    The report states that the software for the Boeing 737 Max is now considered to be "operationally suitable". Boeing had said it was working to update the software to prevent problems with the Mcas automated flight system.

    According to CNBC, the report also recommends that pilots receive additional computer-based training on Mcas before being allowed to fly the aeroplane.

  11. Twitter boss under spotlight at TED

    Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey

    Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has again admitted there is much work to do to improve Twitter and cut down on the amount of abuse and misinformation on the platform.

    He said the firm might demote likes and follows, adding that in hindsight he would not have designed the platform to highlight these.

    He said that Twitter currently incentivised people "to post outrage".

    Instead he said it should invite people to unite around topics and communities.

  12. US firms ordered to stop selling surgical mesh

    Surgical mesh

    The US Food and Drug Administration has ordered two medical device firms to stop selling all surgical mesh products used in pelvic repair surgeries.

    Boston Scientific and Coloplast have been ordered to stop selling the products after thousands of women claimed in class action lawsuits that the mesh inserts have caused debilitating pain by cutting into internal tissue.

    The mesh inserts are used to support the pelvic wall and prevent organs from moving out of place.

    The FDA said that it wants to see evidence that mesh is better than surgery that does not make use of the mesh.

  13. Now TV glitch hits Game of Throne viewers

    Game of Thrones fans holding character masks

    Sky has apologised to Game of Thrones fans after it had problems streaming the show via its Now TV app on Apple TV set-top boxes.

    The issue coincided with the highly anticipated premiere of season eight of the fantasy series on the firm's UK internet service.

    Some users were unable to log in at all while others were shown poor quality video with smeared colours and green digital artefacts spoiling the image.

    Other overseas apps also had glitches.

  14. Oxford turning underground toilets into B&B rooms

    The plans will see the installation of glass canopies over the loo entrances

    Disused Victorian toilets under a busy main road will be turned into rooms for a bed and breakfast.

    The men's loos on St Giles in Oxford opened in the late 19th Century but were closed by the city council in 2008.

    The owners of the Galaxie Hotel in Banbury Road have been given planning permission for the project, the Local Democracy Reporting Service reported.

    Opponents said the plans clashed with treasured buildings nearby.

  15. More on Johnson & Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson saw quarterly sales rise $20.02bn, a very slight increase from $20.01bn in the same period in the previous year.

    However, analysts had expected sales to decline to $19.6bn.

    J&J saw rising demand for several drugs, including drugs for treating bladder cancer, Crohn's disease and psoriasis.

    The firm's consumer goods arm was hit by legal costs related to thousands of lawsuits over talcum baby powder and the blood thinner Xarelto. J&J'a total legal costs came to $1.29bn for the quarter, but talcum power lawsuits made up only 10% of the costs.

  16. London ends higher

    London Stock Exchange

    London shares have ended higher, boosted by home price rises in China and gains in fiancial and mining stocks.

    The FTSE 100 closed 33 points or 0.4% ahead to 7,436.87, led by wealth manager St James Place, which rose 2.8% to £11.17.

    The FTSE 250 ended 116.3 points or 0.6% higher to 19,923.38. Top of the winners was Card Factory, which jumped 10% to 194.8p after forecasting a special dividend, despite the fact like-for-like sales were flat and pre-tax profits dropped for the year ended January 2019.

  17. JD shows results across the board

    JD sports

    More on JD Sports after its results.

    "These are a record set of results showing continued momentum across the board," say analysts at stock broker Shore Capital.

    They point to like-for-like sales (which strip out changes to stores) rising 6% in sports fashion, the double digit growth from both Europe and Asia, and the outdoor division coping with the long hot summer and mild winter.

    "There are continued encouraging positive noises about the US business Finish Line, where the focus is on improving the performance of the shopping mall stores, whilst also developing new locations in the major cities," they say.

    "The outlook statement highlights the uncertainty surrounding the nature and timing of the UK’s exit from the European Union and recognise the potential consequences of a disorderly exit on supply chains, tariffs and consumer demand," they add.

  18. US manufacturing output remains unchanged

    Workers at the General Motors Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan

    US manufacturing output remained unchanged in March.

    Put together with two monthly declines previously, the latest data marks the biggest quarterly decrease in production since 2017, at 1.1%.

    Vehicles and parts production fell 2.5% in March, however overall manufacturing output rose slightly by 0.2%, if vehicles and parts are excluded.

    Manufacturing of computer and electronic products and primary metals contributed by rising in March.

    Manufacturing accounts for 12% of the US economy.